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Swap your festooning for an e-chain system® and save in energy supply and cables!

On festooning systems, cables "hang" around free and loose on cranes in the wind and weather. Unprotected, festoon systems are exposed to fluctuating temperatures plus sand and salt (on outdoor installations). They can also easily get tangled, which then quickly leads to hold-ups. igus® offers a secure and modular alternative to festooning systems in cranes, with which you can save cables and avoid downtimes.

White paper: efficient energy supply systems for cranes in steel plants  

White paper: efficient energy supply systems for cranes in steel plants

A comparison between plastic energy chains and festoons

The creation of an operationally reliable yet rational energy supply system is a key factor in not only being able to make full use of the potential for cost reduction, but also in finding suitable technological solutions for each application.  Users can generally choose between two types of solution: festoons or energy chains. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. A comparison of these should help when choosing the right solution for an application.


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We compared e-chain systems® and festoon systems in a 100m installation:

Shorter cable lengths / Space-saving design:

Festooning in cranes  
Festoon:

approx. 115 m cable for 115% travel distance

approx. 3,000 mm length for the "cable loops"

Energy chain systems in cranes  
igus® e-chain system®:

ca. 50% less cable (52 m cable with centre feed!)

Approx. 800 mm system height

approx. 10% less steel construction (for the cable junction)

Secure guidance of cables in the e-chain®:

Unprotected hanging cables in a festoon system  
Festoon:

Cables hang uncontrollably and can get caught in the crane structure (e.g. due to wind).

Energy chain system: Protected, safely guided cables on the crane  
igus® e-chain system®:

Cables are securely guided in the e-chain® and cannot get caught at any point.

Secure strain relief with igus® clamps:

Strain relief by steel cables in festoon system  
Festoon:

Strain relief with steel ropes.

Strain relief through clamps in the energy chain system  
igus® e-chain system®:

double strain relief with CFY clamps.

More examples of successful crane system modernizations by igus®

Here festoon systems could be successfully replaced

Retrofit

igus® applications and references from the system modernization sector in the crane industry.

Retrofit    

All the benefits of igus® energy supply solutions for crane systems at a glance:

approx. 50% fewer cables compared to festoon

no additional mechanical stress of the cable

the cables are always guided with a bend radius that is defined at all times

safe in the guide trough

virtually maintenance-free

Savings on steel structure

all in one system

No additional drives and control systems (rol e-chains reduce the required push/pull force by about 75%!)

Trolley speeds of up to 10m/s and travels of up to 800m

White paper: efficient energy supply systems for cranes in steel plants  

White paper: efficient energy supply systems for cranes in steel plants

A comparison between plastic energy chains and festoons

The creation of an operationally reliable yet rational energy supply system is a key factor in not only being able to make full use of the potential for cost reduction, but also in finding suitable technological solutions for each application.  Users can generally choose between two types of solution: festoons or energy chains. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. A comparison of these should help when choosing the right solution for an application.


Download white paper now

Products

 
Energy-efficient P4 roller e-chain®

Save up to 60% power with P4

chainflex® CF98  
TPE control
cables

For particularly small bending radii

readychains®  
readychain®

We assemble the chain, cables and connectors for you and delivery in 24h to 72h.

Штекер-кабель-конфигуратор  
QuickPin 2.0
connector-cable configurator

In only 3 minutes select over 950 chainflex® cables and 3,000 connector components, directly order and generate ePLAN electric P8 macro.

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